Oops Apocalypse

Preview Thursday 12th May
Show runs until Saturday 4th June
Open Wed to Sat 1 – 5pm
Occupy Space, Thomas St. Limerick

Beagles and Ramsay, Baldvin Ringsted, Sam Darga, Alan Mongey. Curated by Emmet Kierans

The apocalypse, in the public consciousness, is the end of the world, a catastrophic event that ends life as we know it. We imagine it’s brought about by war, famine, drought, we’re informed it’s a matter of time before an asteroid wipes us out. It’s our greatest fear.
But the word itself comes from the Greek meaning "lifting of the veil" or "revelation". The bible depicts it as the coming together of Earth, Heaven and Hell. It’s the source for innumerable works of fiction, we love to imagine it, to think about how it could happen and what would follow.
Perhaps we have reached the moment Walter Benjamin warned us of, when humankinds 'self-alienation' reaches 'such a degree that it can experience its own destruction as an aesthetic pleasure of the first order’. Or is it the promise of a new beginning that makes the notion of the apocalypse both frightening and strangely appealing.
Four artists, Beagles and Ramsay, Baldvin Ringsted, Sam Dargan and Alan Mongey respond in very different ways to our fixation with the apocalypse.

Beagles and Ramsay have worked together collaboratively since 1996. Based in Glasgow they have exhibited nationally and internationally at venues such as the Migros Museum, Zurich, PS1 MoMA, New York, the ICA, London, Tramway, Glasgow and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York. In 2003 Beagles & Ramsay were selected to take part in Zenomap, Scotland’s first presentation at the Venice Biennale. Their work has been presented in numerous publications including Scotland and Venice 2003 – 2007, Divided Selves - The Self-Portrait in Scottish Art 17th Century to the present, Beagles & Ramsay, Tramway publication, 2006 and When Humour Becomes Painful, 2005.

Baldvin Ringsted was born in Akureyri, Iceland in 1974. He graduated from Akureyri School of Art in 2004 prior to which he studied jazz theory at the F.I.H. School of music in Reykjavik, Iceland. Ringsted has also worked as a rock and experimental musician. Currently he lives and works in Glasgow where he recently graduated from the Masters course at The Glasgow School of Art in 2007. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally including exhibitions in the The Glucksman Gallery, Cork and solo exhibitions in Martos Gallery, New York and at SWGS as part of Glasgow International 2010.

Sam Dargan paints the doomed world of jobsworth’s whose lives of monotony and abjection are grey and dismal. Battling against the forces of nature and the urban streets alike the artist’s figures are somehow forlorn, the depicted adventures fragmentary, futile and incomplete. Despite the apathy and self-loathing there is humour beyond the desperate situations and forlorn stances.
He has recently had solo exhibitions in Theodore:Art, New York and Notting Hill Arts Club, London. He is represented by Rokeby, London.

Alan Mongey is a Dublin-based artist who graduated with a BA in Fine Art from D.L.I.A.D.T, Dublin in 2003. His work deals primarily with the alleviation of fears, making light of heavy subject matters. The key elements of his work are interactivity and playfulness – he wants it to be appealing to the broader public.
His last Solo exhibition: “No Fighting in the War Room” was held in Dublin in 2007 was extremely well recieved, he is currently producing work for his next solo exhibition to be shown in 2012. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Mongey’s work has been described as very well executed, original and contemporary.

Beagles and Ramsay, Glitter Desert, C-type print, 2007

Beagles and Ramsay, Untitled, Black matter sculpture, 2011

Beagles and Ramsay

Baldwin Ringsted, The Sun.....or Moon 1 and 2, ink on paper, 2011

Baldwin Ringsted, The End (continuum), reel to reel tape recorder, tape, metal pins, found sound recordings, 3.33min, 2011

Sam Dargan, Dictato Bastardo, oil on board, 2009

Sam Dargan, International Man of Misery, oil on canvas, 2008

Sam Dargan

Alan Mongey, Thoseevildoers, mixed media, life size figure, 2004

Alan Mongey, There’s a Bullet With Your Name on it, engraved aluminium, fisshing line, 2007

Alan Mongey, There’s a Bullet With Your Name on it, engraved aluminium, fisshing line, 2007

Alan Mongey, Inevitable Convertible, back form plastic and mixed media, 2011